In 2014, GSCA was awarded a Build Permit by the FCC for a new Low-Power FM station. This will be the first GSCA program to return to the St. Anthony’s Building.
Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.
— Edward R. Murrow
WCAA-LP 107.3 FM promotes community, art, and activism. We aim to provide news and information for an educated citizenry, as well as programs from local musical, visual and performing artists. We want to illuminate not just who, what, and when but why. Faced with problems that often seem unsolvable, we ask how they can be best addressed.
Modeled on our successful YouthFX program, WCAA will benefit the Capital Region by encouraging a new generation of youth, especially minority, broadcasters, and providing a place for diverse views on the FM dial. This is a truly pressing issue in Albany and the Capital Region right now because the local public radio station has no minority hosts, and does not reflect the diversity of the population of the Capital Region.
Approximately 70000 people will receive a very strong “city grade” signal (70 dbu), good enough for the cheapest radios. About 115000 people will receive a decent signal (60 dbu). Up to 220000 people will receive signal that works on a car radio. The population of that listening area (based on averages for Albany and Rensselaer counties from the 2010 US Census) is approximately 66% white, 20% black/African- American, 6% are Hispanic/Latino, 4% Asian, 4% Native American or Mixed Race.
WCAA project has been supported thus far with donations from the Albany Rotary Club, and from GSCA Board members. We are now seeking $15,000 for the Transmitter Fund. This includes $11,000 for our transmitter hardware (see image) as well as an allowance for engineering costs. It is our goal of to raise that before June 21st. If we reach that goal by June 21st, WCAA will be on air by the summer’s end.
For more information, come to a volunteer meeting! They take place every other Monday at 148 Central Ave. or join the Facebook Group. WCAA volunteers will also be tabling at Albany Tulip Fest.